Tag Archives: East Asia

Design Books: “Handmade In Japan – The Pursuit Of Perfection” (Gestalten)

After documenting the crafts makers and traditional artisans of Japan for years, Irwin Wong assembled this wealth of unique knowledge and culture in a book. Handmade in Japan is a look into the endless pursuit of excellence, and this film represents some of the individuals featured in the book.

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Travel & History Videos: “The Han Dynasty’s Great Wall” In China (NatGeo)

1500 years before the construction of the Ming Dynasty wall was constructed, the Han Dynasty defended the borders of China from invaders with a Great Wall of their own.

Top New Travel Videos: “Expedition To Mongolia”

Filmed and Edited by Oleh Slobodeniuk

Short film about life in Mongolia. I’ve spent one month on this expedition to document the life of local people, reindeer tribes and eagle hunters. This country is absolutely amazing!

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Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. Its capital, Ulaanbaatar, centers around Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) Square, named for the notorious founder of the 13th- and 14th-century Mongol Empire. Also in Ulaanbaatar are the National Museum of Mongolia, displaying historic and ethnographic artifacts, and the restored 1830 Gandantegchinlen Monastery.

Top New Travel Videos: “Journey To Northwest China” By Liu Xiang (2020)

Filmed and Edited by: Liu Xiang

My second trip to Qinghai China, this time we drove an SUV across the vast area of Haixi which offers Martian like landscape and colorful salt lake. Drones are the must-have to capture all the mind-blowing scenery!

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Top New Travel Videos: “This Is China” (2020)

After months of being on high alert, life in Beijing has largely returned to normal. Shops and cafés have reopened – although you still have to wear a mask to enter, and get your temperature checked. Children can be heard playing outside, and traffic jams are back. Until things return to normal in your neighbourhood, enjoy a sneak peak at this populous, ancient capital from the comfort and quiet of your home.

New Travel Guide Videos: “Osaka – Japan” (Expedia)

Osaka – Venture to Japan’s third-largest city and discover the rich blend of traditional and modern culture, from temples to anime.

Osaka is a large port city and commercial center on the Japanese island of Honshu. It’s known for its modern architecture, nightlife and hearty street food. The 16th-century shogunate Osaka Castle, which has undergone several restorations, is its main historical landmark. It’s surrounded by a moat and park with plum, peach and cherry-blossom trees. Sumiyoshi-taisha is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines.

Top New Travel Videos: “Mongolian Moments” By Pete Rojwongsuriya (2020)

Filmed and Edited by: Pete Rojwongsuriya

Mongolia is definitely one of the best country I’ve been to so far, way up there with New Zealand!

I spent 2 weeks in Mongolia, starting my trip in Ulaanbator and went off independently with my friends to Sainshand for a few days before going on a week tour in the Gobi desert.

During those time I had the opportunity to experience what life is like living as a nomad, not having electricity, internet access, flushing toilets, a regular shower and needless to say, I came out of this experience a changed man.

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Mongolia, a nation bordered by China and Russia, is known for vast, rugged expanses and nomadic culture. Its capital, Ulaanbaatar, centers around Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan) Square, named for the notorious founder of the 13th- and 14th-century Mongol Empire. Also in Ulaanbaatar are the National Museum of Mongolia, displaying historic and ethnographic artifacts, and the restored 1830 Gandantegchinlen Monastery.

Asian Art: The “Exquisite Stylisation” Of Japanese Woodblock Prints”

From Christie’s Magazine (June 4, 2020):

The Tokugawa dynasty would rule until 1868, and the era became known as the Edo period…It was a time of peace and prosperity, and the arts flourished. Particularly splendid were the ukiyo-e (‘woodblock prints’) — works known for their unusual viewpoints, abrupt cropping, exquisite stylisation, and patches of vivid, unshaded colour.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Kanagawa oki nami ura (In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa), from the series Fugaku sanjurokkei (Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji).
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Kanagawa oki nami ura (In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa), from the series Fugaku sanjurokkei (Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji).

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) belong in the pantheon of all-time great artists,’ says Anastasia von Seibold, senior specialist in Japanese Art at Christie’s.

The introduction of colour: nishiki-e

Printing in more than one colour was tricky: it wasn’t until the 1740s that green and pink were tentatively introduced. A huge breakthrough came in 1765, when Suzuki Harunobu (1724-1770) mastered a process that accommodated an array of colours.

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